List of 58 best universities in the Netherlands

We ranked 58 best universities in the Netherlands based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 40M citations received by 913K publications made by 58 universities in the Netherlands, measured the popularity of 2,384 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

#1 in the Netherlands
#9 in Europe
#68 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1636
#2 in the Netherlands
#13 in Europe
#78 in the World
Acceptance Rate
4%
Enrollment
31,123
Founded
1632
#3 in the Netherlands
#41 in Europe
#146 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
24,703
Founded
1842
#4 in the Netherlands
#45 in Europe
#153 in the World
Enrollment
32,700
Founded
1614
#5 in the Netherlands
#58 in Europe
#178 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1880
#6 in the Netherlands
#60 in Europe
#180 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1913
#7 in the Netherlands
#66 in Europe
#194 in the World
Enrollment
27,713
Founded
1575
#8 in the Netherlands
#71 in Europe
#206 in the World
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
1923
#9 in the Netherlands
#82 in Europe
#231 in the World
Enrollment
11,278
Founded
1918
#10 in the Netherlands
#117 in Europe
#306 in the World
Enrollment
7,500
Founded
1956
#11 in the Netherlands
#125 in Europe
#329 in the World
Enrollment
18,000
Founded
1976
#12 in the Netherlands
#139 in Europe
#354 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1961
#13 in the Netherlands
#221 in Europe
#563 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
17,378
Founded
1927
#14 in the Netherlands
#647 in Europe
#2003 in the World
Enrollment
42,500
Founded
1619
#15 in the Netherlands
#681 in Europe
#2136 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1996
#16 in the Netherlands
#720 in Europe
#2310 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
42,500
Founded
1996
#17 in the Netherlands
#735 in Europe
#2370 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1986
#18 in the Netherlands
#741 in Europe
#2399 in the World
Enrollment
37,500
Founded
1993
#19 in the Netherlands
#742 in Europe
#2408 in the World
Enrollment
375
Founded
1946
#20 in the Netherlands
#752 in Europe
#2449 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1988
#21 in the Netherlands
#825 in Europe
#2811 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1987
#22 in the Netherlands
#846 in Europe
#2882 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1986
#23 in the Netherlands
#850 in Europe
#2899 in the World
Enrollment
27,000
Founded
1989
#24 in the Netherlands
#871 in Europe
#2967 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
2004
#25 in the Netherlands
#906 in Europe
#3101 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
375
Founded
1958
#26 in the Netherlands
#925 in Europe
#3202 in the World
Enrollment
37,500
Founded
2002
#27 in the Netherlands
#951 in Europe
#3294 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
7,500
Founded
1987
#28 in the Netherlands
#1005 in Europe
#3544 in the World
Enrollment
6,500
Founded
1984
#29 in the Netherlands
#1112 in Europe
#4047 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
2001
#30 in the Netherlands
#1130 in Europe
#4140 in the World
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1682
#31 in the Netherlands
#1156 in Europe
#4280 in the World
Founded
1987
#33 in the Netherlands
#1287 in Europe
#4760 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
2008
#34 in the Netherlands
#1395 in Europe
#5201 in the World
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
2002
#35 in the Netherlands
#1437 in Europe
#5372 in the World
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
1987
#36 in the Netherlands
#1560 in Europe
#5907 in the World
Acceptance Rate
40%
Enrollment
125
Founded
1947
#37 in the Netherlands
#1567 in Europe
#5931 in the World
Enrollment
550
Male:Female
30:70
Founded
1989
#38 in the Netherlands
#1572 in Europe
#5951 in the World
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
1929
#39 in the Netherlands
#1591 in Europe
#6014 in the World
Enrollment
7,500
Founded
1986
#40 in the Netherlands
#1711 in Europe
#6407 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
1987
#41 in the Netherlands
#1748 in Europe
#6598 in the World
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1930
#42 in the Netherlands
#1810 in Europe
#6815 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
750
Founded
1924
#43 in the Netherlands
#1881 in Europe
#7177 in the World
Enrollment
4,500
Founded
1994
#44 in the Netherlands
#1913 in Europe
#7305 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1944
#45 in the Netherlands
#2041 in Europe
#7876 in the World
Enrollment
750
Founded
1978
#47 in the Netherlands
#2241 in Europe
#8868 in the World
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1987
#48 in the Netherlands
#2252 in Europe
#8913 in the World
Founded
1986
#49 in the Netherlands
#2269 in Europe
#8995 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
125
Founded
1987
#51 in the Netherlands
#2350 in Europe
#9531 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
2013
#52 in the Netherlands
#2364 in Europe
#9599 in the World
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
1948
#53 in the Netherlands
#2375 in Europe
#9689 in the World
Enrollment
375
Founded
1970
#54 in the Netherlands
#2459 in Europe
#10216 in the World
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1974
#56 in the Netherlands
#2609 in Europe
#11334 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Enrollment
750
Founded
2004
#57 in the Netherlands
#2676 in Europe
#12096 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
125
Founded
1997
#58 in the Netherlands
#2771 in Europe
#13444 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
125
Founded
2004

The best cities to study in the Netherlands based on the number of universities and their ranks are Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, and Groningen.

Average cost of living for students in the Netherlands is $746 + $144-1029 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).